EmployeeScreenIQ President to Speak About Employment Screening and Social Networks at National SHRM Conference

Nick Fishman

Jason B. Morris, president and COO of EmployeeScreenIQ, will speak about the dangers of using social networking sites to screen job applicants at the 2010 SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, Calif.

“Social Networking Sites: Can You Always Trust What You See?” is the title of the presentation, which will take place Monday, June 28, at 4 p.m. (PST) at the San Diego Convention Center. The 75-minute session will highlight a variety of emerging employment screening trends with a focus on the use of social networking sites to conduct background checks.

“The social networking revolution has changed many communication channels. Web sites such as Facebook, My Space, Twitter and LinkedIn contain a wealth of personal information, but many recruiters place their blind trust in the information found on these sites,” said Morris. “In many cases, this poses a threat to violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and EEOC guidelines and other regulations.”

Morris’ session will explain how recruiters and HR professionals can protect their company in the age of Facebook. Attendees will learn which social networking sites are most popular with recruiters and applicants, their impact on employment screening and the hiring process, and how to develop a social media policy. Finally, Morris will examine other Web 2.0 trends such as the rampant use of “diploma mills” and the emergence of phony online job reference sites known as “employment mills.”

The annual SHRM conference typically draws about 12,000 professionals in the HR and benefits space. This year’s keynote speakers include Al Gore, former vice president and the world’s leading voice of climate control, and Steve Forbes, president and chief executive officer of Forbes, Inc. and editor of Forbes magazine.

For more information on the conference, including speakers, exhibitors and registration, visit http://annual.shrm.org/.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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